"Grayling", her original name, was more recently known as "Pemetic" and previously "Argo". She is a 1954 Bunker & Ellis single screw picnic boat brought to us for restoration after sitting outside but covered for several years. This is the second B&E to be restored by us for the same owner with a passion for resurrecting these rare and beautiful yachts. His intention when buying "Grayling" was to conserve and restore her and to sell her upon completion. The process is now finished and "Grayling" is about to seek a new home.
The owner’s present boat, “Aleria”, is a Bunker & Ellis 42. She draws attention and admiring stares in every harbor she visits due to her sleekly classical lines and stunning varnished woodwork. We are confident that Grayling will also become a head-turner for her next owner.
Engine: The old Mercury Crusader gas engine has been replaced with a new Yanmar 6BY3-260 diesel engine, an Aqua Drive shaft coupling, a new shaft and propeller.
Electrical system: The boat has been entirely rewired. A new Blue Seas AC/DC System was installed, with charger and inverter. All lighting, both on deck and below, was replaced by LEDs.
Electronics: The electronics were updated with a new Furuno MFD 12 Navnet 3D Chart plotter/Radar. The autopilot has been refurbished and a new VHF radio installed. New high-end windshield wipers/washers have also been installed.
Water System: With the addition of the new hot water system, new sinks and faucets were installed in the galley and a fiberglass shower pan with a sump pump was added to the head.
Interior upgrades: A new SeaFrost electric refrigeration unit was added to the original icebox and the old kerosene stove has been replaced with a new ENO propane 2-burner stove with oven. We also installed a new Dickinson Newport P9000 propane cabin heater. A new vanity and cabinets were added in the head. The old cabin floor was replaced with a new red birch varnished sole. All interior paint was stripped and refinished and all varnished doors, drawer faces and trim as well. Custom stairs, which double as storage lockers, were fabricated and installed. And, of course, all bedding and cushions were replaced.
Exterior hull: We extended the deckhouse roof by 12”; this added a little more room in the wheelhouse but, more important, it makes Grayling’s profile even more aesthetically pleasing to anyone looking on. As the topsides seams had been “expressed” some years ago, we splined them as well as repairing and refastening them where needed before applying a high quality marine finish. The stem bolts in the bow of the boat were replaced and a few planks scarfed in along the bottom and refastened as needed.
Decks and cockpit: A pair of custom seats for the helmsman and passenger were fabricated from mahogany, varnished and installed. The side and bow decks were stripped and repaired where needed. Then 5 mil marine plywood was applied with epoxy and overlaid with 8 oz. fiberglass. They were faired and refinished with nonskid added to Awlgrip. The fiberglass skin covering the deckhouse was removed and replaced. In the cockpit, the original fuel tank in the stern was under a bench that provided seating for guests. It was removed and two new custom tanks were fabricated and installed below the cockpit sole, one on each side, forward of the stern and interconnected to maintain proper trim at all fuel levels. This has doubled Grayling’s fuel capacity and, with the new diesel, extended her cruising range even more. A custom bench seat, complete with lockers and scuppers, now uses the old fuel tank space. It provides dry storage and comfortable seating aft.
Exterior finish: All the exterior woodwork was stripped and varnished to a very high quality finish. The hull was painted white, the bottom green and the boot stripe classic B&E black. The name on her freshly varnished mahogany transom was restored to the original: “Grayling”.
"Grayling" was officially launched on September 14, 2015 and her sea trials went well, including a brief overnight cruise Down East. She is currently wintering in inside storage at our yard, where we are completing a few more finishing touches.
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